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My wife told me that one of her friends had decided to separate from her husband after he was proven to be having an affair. It is unfortunate indeed considering that they have been together for more than twenty years. “It should!” she said to my wife.

“I must make that decision and file a divorce suit tomorrow.” she continued. It was a tough decision indeed, therefore my wife’s choice at that time was to listen to her vent and calm her down.

Must, is a word that I often pay attention to when spoken by someone in the context of a particular situation, especially if in the next words there is a sentence that more or less means “life is a choice”. Somehow, I consider that “must” and “choose” are very different. If we are in a “must” means we have no choice while to choose means we have several choices that require consideration.

I also remember the reason for my niece’s colleague who disappeared a few days when they need to taking care of a legal case that was being faced by their company. When her partner returned, he said “I must watch my sister’s graduation in Jogja” as the reason why he left without saying anything before. That statement means that he has no choice and consequently does not consider the tension and urgency of the situation of the problem they are facing and the importance of him being there with his colleagues.

Must? Who requires it? On the other hand, I see that we often choose A & B as hope or wish but life offers C, D, and E, for example, to be chosen, then is it not a choice in a “must”? Who actually puts things before us and we have to choose? Then what about life is a choice?

  • Are you fully convinced that the life you are living right now is really your choice?

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  1. There is someone very close to me that has this same kind of problem. Not once but many times. In such case I always tell the aggrieved party that the choice lies in the question: “What do you want?” and “How much you are willing to give and sacrifice to get or keep what you want?” To the other person: “Don’t you want to find out within you what’s causing that emptiness?”

    As to the question, if life is a shopping mall and we are given a carte blanche without consideration as to how our first choices affect anyone, I guess we will all be living a different life, Professor. But see, life is a compromise. A wise man once told me that even the societal codes of conduct and traditions are part of learning 😜

      • MUST means what should be. The ideal. Thing is, the ideal is in contradiction with what is the actual. πŸ˜‰

        Life is a choice, yes, but, fact is, we created so many trappings that imprisoned us. Ideals, codes of conducts, customs, traditions, et al, all those are trappings and so we turn choice into compromise 😜

        • Is it true? What is the ideal that should be in outward life? Who establishes a must? Is all that not just an agreement of a group of people who are socialized and continue to be disseminated (as you said)? Are considered women are inferior to men a necessity? or accepting or rejecting LGBT is also a must? Is marriage a must😜? What about having to steal to feed a child? and so on…

          Isn’t “Must” and “Choose” just part of duality too?

          But I agree that we have had created so many prisons for ourselves and those are agreement. I think must and choose has its own place to use properly at least in the order it doesn’t make a mess ourselves as a person who is owned by the soul.πŸ˜‰βœŒ

          • Must is definitely part of duality. Choose, not necessarily. Because one can choose not to see duality, right? Or left? But hey, left and right is also duality. Scrap that 😜

            And to answer the question, must is created by society, ergo, by the human. And by doing so created hypocrisy in the process because the human is always in contradiction with the ideal 😜

  2. Im no expert on marriage even though I have been with my husband for 23 years.
    However, I access what the needs are rather than the wants
    You don’t own people even though you are married but I have always looked back and been thankful for the kindness my husband has shown me and had my back when I needed backing.
    Now he is not well and recovering from a shoulder operation I am here for him

  3. Well put and true. Often circumstances offer us the C’s and D’s when we wish for A’s and B’s. The word must means you have to. There are no choices. I must eat, I must drink I must feed the dog etc. Divorce can only be put into a must if there is abuse. I think most of anything else can be worked out, if the parties are willing to put forth the effort, and in his case choose not to commit adultery. I had to click No to the above question.

  4. We are constantly making decisions in life, sometimes big, sometimes small. However if we are careful to align our decisions to our moral and spiritual values we could be happy with our lives. I am sure I live the life I want.

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